Bulls boss Mick Potter admitted he could be tempted to continue to work on a voluntary basis as Bradford’s off-field drama reaches its end game.
Brave Bradford produced another battling performance in the face of mounting adversity, despite eventually losing by 18 points.
Potter said: “I’ll just see what transpires this week. I’m still here (in the UK), so I might as well just drive into work rather than sit at home.”
On Bradford’s travelling fans, he added: “It was a fantastic response from the fans, and a great gesture from Leeds to put some money back into Bradford.
“Our fans rolled up as they always do. They’re there all the time to support the club and long may that continue.”
But in a blow to the fans’ hopes, the RFL has revealed that no formal offer to buy the club had yet to be submitted, despite administrator Brendan Guilfoyle’s suggestion otherwise.
An RFL spokesman said: “The administrator today (Friday) informed the RFL that he has not yet received a formal written offer for Bradford Bulls, but continues to speak to interested parties.”
However, those distractions seemed far from the Bulls’ mind when Elliott Whitehead finished a 60-metre move to give the visitors an early lead.
There was some bad news for the Challenge Cup finalists, with Brett Delaney suffering a dislocated thumb just before half time, but Rhinos assistant coach James Lowes declared himself pleased with the overall performance. He said: “We’re happy with that. We had to work hard for the win.
“We were on the crest of a wave after the Challenge Cup semi-final, and we’ve been quite emotional all week, but we pushed through and we were really strong.”
On Bradford, he added: “It would be nice to know why they’re in this position. I had a fantastic time at that club, and it would be nice for the fans to have a bit of honesty from behind the scenes.”